Transgender day of Remembrance 2016


Michelle’s Story

In her own skin: How Michelle Sheppard went from IT guy to inspiring businesswoman.

#tdor #pride #diversity #inclusion
Speaking at ANZ on the importance of #Transgender day of remembrance.

Michelle shares her personal journey of transition – Video

How ANZ’s diversity program has grown.

The ANZ Pride Network has achieved a lot in the past decade – from supporting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to consistent nomination as a top-ten company for LGBTI inclusion, to having its members use volunteer time to assist LGBTI organisations.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

During Transgender Awareness Week, ANZ will support the global Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, by inviting notable figures in local LGBTI communities to five events, held in Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand, in Manilla in Philippines and and at ANZ buildings in Fiji.

“The events commemorate those who have lost their lives due to trans phobia, worldwide,” Dave says.

“As well as commemoration, we also hope to link back to a positive tangible benefit and focus on what we can do together to improve that.”

Published by mishsheppard

Michelle's powerful combination of self and community shines through the platform of radio which has helped raised the public profile and national dialogue of transgender, gender diverse and intersex issues on a national scale. Surprisingly nothing is off limits with Michelle who connects with her audience brilliantly; obviously through her humor and unapologetic blunt honesty. She is often labelled as an inspiring advocate and role model for youth and adults alike and hers is a powerful story to tell. We know that when a woman has the support of her community, especially her sisters, she is unstoppable. Michelle’s wider support from the women around her, LGBTI+ or ally alike, has helped develop her own unstoppable resilience and body positive confidence that she inspires others with. Now a sought-after public speaker Michelle is admired for her bold public representation of the Transgender community as works to break through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues to ensure equality of opportunity for all Australian work spaces. Winner of the ANZ Excellence in Business Award, ‘LGBTI Jobs’ a relatively new project, they pair LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. “We’ve started a business that helps anybody who’s in the LGBTI Community. We go to companies and see what they are you doing. This isn’t just for me, this is for the entire community and we are going to make a massive change.” Michelle was recently celebrated alongside some truly amazing individuals from our community as part of the ‘The LOTL Power List 2016’ as someone who does everything in their power to make life that little bit better for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities: sometimes with blood, sweat and tears; and sometimes just by being themselves. Michelle is also a finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017. Awards Globe Awards 2016 - ANZ Excellence in Business Award The LOTL Power List 2016 (28/40) Finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017

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